Queen Elizabeth was in Covent Garden this morning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the grocery chain Sainsbury’s . For this event, which saw the store create a pop-up replica on the site of one of its original stores, the Queen repeated her muted jade straw hat with straight-sided, domed top crown and short cartwheel brim, trimmed with silk flowers and a multi-looped straw bow.
The colour is beautiful on this design and the textural contrast between the coat and hat makes the two pieces work well together without being matchy or one-note. I’ve always found the crown of this hat block to be a bit clunky but thankfully, the trim flowers and twists are scaled well to match it. The third picture in the first gallery below gives an interesting back view of the hat – not only is the brim trimmed around the back (a common technique on the Queen’s hats, I suspect, to keep the brim off the collar of her coat), the crown top and sides are individually constructed, then sewn together. I suppose that’s the best way to tackle the flared shape of the crown- maybe one of our millinery-trained readers can give some commentary on this?